Very Good. Item #6172
Text on poster: XVIII Miȩdzynarodowy Festiwal Jazzowy // 75 // 18th International Jazz Festival // Jazz Jamboree // Warsaw // October 23-26 1975. Date: 1975. Height x width: 38.25cm x 66.5cm. Printing information:lower left corner: PZG Bydg. 2377/75 B-113. Condition: Bottom edge shows close about six 0.5cm closed tears, and minimal curling of edges, now flattened.
Jędrzejkowski worked largely as head of design for leading theaters in Będzin, Sosnowiec, and Katowice in the 1980s.
What is now seen as the height of Poland’s poster creativity was a paradoxical by-product of the height of Communist Party control over public messaging related to the arts and cultural endeavors from the mid-1940s to almost the end of the century. What had been, before the war, and dating back as early as the mid-19th century, florid and often text-heavy formats, where fonts and textual layout bore a predominant or equal burden with imagery in conveying information, yielded in the five decades after World War II to the primacy of the image on its own. Visuals became mischievous, allegorical, satiric, and parabolic, and so fantastically creative that they could make innumerable apolitical or counterpolitical appeals while eluding the specific controls of verbal censorship.